There has been a partial win for Boris Johnson in his aim to bring foreign aid back under the auspices of the Foreign Office.Boris will work with Priti Patel on this vital area, where he will be able to make substantial savings.
The Times reported : The foreign office and the department for international development have been effectively merged by the back door in a victory for Boris Johnson.
The aid department’s junior ministers in the Commons now not only answer to Priti Patel, the international development secretary, but to Boris, the foreign secretary too. This was the situation before the setup was changed by Tony Blair, who put Claire Short in charge of foreign aid.
When Boris spoke to the PM after the general election setback he is understood to have called on Mrs May to merge the two departments, giving the foreign secretary oversight of Britain’s more than £13 billion of annual aid. The Foreign Secretary is known for his fairmindedness. He is the ideal person to sort out the controversial political hot potato of foreign aid.